While we’re on the subject… it looks like Fender is currently reproducing its incredibly rare Broadcaster in a high-end Custom Shop ‘Relic’ model –– apparently the first time the guitar has been reproduced bearing its original logo.
With just 200-some of the original Broadcasters built before Fender received its famous request from Gretsch to cease using that name (Gretsch already owned the trademark ‘Broadkaster,’) original Broadcasters are now a true rarity, and can easily fetch prices in the high five figures.
Now you can own a Limited Edition replica of the Broadcaster for somewhere in the mid-four figures –– though that’s still a bit rich for my blood. ;)
According to Fender the Custom Shop Limited Broadcaster will feature a body of premium ash finished in Nocaster Blone nitro, a single-piece maple neck (25.5″ scale length,) a maple fretboard with 21 vintage-style frets (7.25″ radius,) a maple-filled truss rod slot, and of course the whole thing done up in Fender’s CS Relic treatment process.
Electronics will include a Vintage 50’s single-coil at the neck, matched with a Flat Pole Broadcaster single-coil at the bridge, along with a master Tone knob, master Volume knob, and traditional 3-way pickup switching. Hardware is expected to include a vintage-style 3-saddle bridge, Fender/Gotoh vintage style tuners, Limited Edition neckplate, and a single-ply black pickguard of bakelite.
The Fender Custom Shop Limited Broadcaster will be built in a strictly limited run, and will ship in a tweed Limited Edition hardshell case with center pocket and red interior. It’s currently available as a pre-order from various online guitar retailers, and is expected to ship September 1st.